Mark Your Calendars for Innovation Fest 2017

Join us for UChicago Innovation Fest 2017 this May! This month-long celebration of entrepreneurship, science, and discovery around the University of Chicago includes more than 40 events across campus, Chicagoland, and in key cities around the world.

UChicago has a strong innovation pipeline fueled by translational research and commercialization resources, which lead to the unique applications based on scientifically-proven concepts that Innovation Fest celebrates each year.

“Groundbreaking research needs to live beyond the lab and be applied to medical, commercial, and business applications in order to improve people’s lives,” said Susan Cohn, MD, Co-Director of the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) and Dean for Clinical Research. “Innovation Fest celebrates these discoveries and shares them with the world so that everyone can benefit.”

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and UChicago Research, Innovation and National Laboratories.

#InnoFest has something for everyone, with presentations, workshops, seminars, screenings, and networking events. You can explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

Save the date for the below kick-off event May 2, and check out a full list of programming at and this highlight in UChicago News here.

Innovation Fest Kick-Off Event

5:30 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. May 2

Polsky Exchange North

Researchers make discoveries and create inventions that often translate into tools, treatments, and technologies that benefit humankind. Join University of Chicago leaders and scientists for a discussion on the vital role of translating research today and for two-minute talks that highlight our scientists’ latest research and its promising impact on society. Speakers will cover the importance of translating research to U.S. competitiveness, the changing role of universities in getting scientific inventions and discoveries to market, challenges in our current culture, and opportunities to collaborate with researchers to advance scientific discoveries on campus and beyond.

Join us to learn more about UChicago’s solutions-oriented scientific breakthroughs, recognize our faculty innovators, and find out how to get involved in transforming their research into technologies and businesses that benefit Chicago, the region and the world.

Opening Remarks By:                                                                                    ITM Investigators Presenting Include:

John Flavin, MBA Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation University of Chicago

Eric Isaacs, PhD The Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Physics Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories University of Chicago

Julian Solway, MD Director, Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics Dean for Translational Medicine University of Chicago Medicine

Richard Kraig, MD, PhD William D. Mabie Professor in the Neurosciences Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology Director, Migraine Headache Clinic University of Chicago Medicine

Jason Luke, MD          Assistant Professor of Medicine Section of Hematology/Oncology University of Chicago Medicine

Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine University of Chicago Medicine













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